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California Health Insurance Overview

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Individual Health Insurance

Three health insurance companies - Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, and Blue Shield of California, with a total of about 1.5 million enrollees, serve over three-fourths of the individual market. PPO products cover the majority of individual enrollees. More…

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Group Health Insurance

Employer-sponsored health insurance or group health insurance is segmented by number of employees - small groups with less than 50 employees and large groups with 50 or more employees. Large groups insure about 4 times more Californians than small groups. Group health insurance insures approximately 15 million Californians in total. More…

Small Business Health Insurance

In terms of insured lives, the small business health Insurance market (companies with fewer than 50 employees) is but a small subset of the overall employer-sponsored or group health insurance market of approximately 15 million Californians. Some 3 million Californians, have health coverage through small business health insurance plans representing 9% of the total population.of 38 million. More…

History of California Health Insurance

  • 1960 - 1980 Indemnity insurance dominates, except for Kaiser, which covers about 5% of the population in 1960 and 14% by 1980.
  • 1973-1980 HMOs spring up, many originating with county medical societies, others as arms of more traditional insurers.
  • 1983-1990 PPOs go from covering zero in 1980 to a third of California’s population by 1987.
  • 1985-2005 Consolidation of health insurance plans from over twenty companies to six.


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